Through installation, drawing, film, sculpture and performance, Louise Patey explores the objectivity of the body; which is the materialistic and physical juxtaposed with the subject of the body, which is considered as thoughts and emotions. She believes that through the act of making and doing, a thought process is created; therefore process is a key element to her work, showing the hand-crafted but also the psychology of the self through the making. This allows the object and subject of a body to become coherent.
Patey’s work focuses upon her curiosity for the human body. She is interested in the idea of how we as humans repel our own self, and are disgusted by what we are. The Macabre and the grotesque are recent developments within her work, which explore the abjected body and the thoughts held deep within it.
The artist is interested in using the element of craft juxtaposed with the grotesque body. She quotes: ‘The use of knitting is usually associated with comfort and holds a homely feel to it. However, when in my work, it creates an unfamiliar state, it becomes part of the body, the grotesque, the defiled, which turns the craft on its head and questions the material.’ The artist believes we are a fragmented race as we deny who and what we really are.